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Ground me, Scotty! A lesson in surge protection.

Friday, May 28th, 2010
surge_protectorA very essential, yet, very overlooked piece of investment for your home theater system, computers and laptops, gaming consoles and even appliances is the humble surge protector. Most of us are familiar with the "plug and protect" strips that are available at almost every store you shop. They work unassumingly, quietly, under your computer desk. However, there is a tendency to overload these strips by connecting too many of them together or they are just not enough to handle the vast amounts of wattage many electrical systems require. So what to do? Did you know there is a WHOLE HOUSE electrical surge protector? Only available through your Mr Electric Service Professional, the Surge Assure provides protection for your entire home. No extra strips laying around and over desks, counters or worse yet, out in open view of children and pets. The Surge Assure needs to be professionally installed. Is the peace of mind, pennies and aesthetics of your home worth the investment of the Surge Assure? Ask a Mr Electric service professional for more information. I'm sure the answer won't come as a "shock" to you.

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Wrapping Up Electrical Safety Month

Monday, May 24th, 2010
As the month of May draws to a close, we learn a few things about the word SAFETY and practically, what that encompasses. We all say it, let alone, repeat it several times a day. Yet, safety is not just a word or a phrase. It's a lifestyle habit; one that needs to be practiced again and again in order to own it.

A recap of our top electrical safety tips:
  • Unplug outdoor tools and appliances when not in use.
  • Inspect power tools and appliances for frayed cords, broken plugs and cracked or broken housing. Repair or replace damaged items.
  • Water and electricity do not mix. Avoid damp conditions‚ including wet grass‚ when using electricity.
  • Use outlet covers on outdoor receptacles near swimming pools. Keep cords and electrical devices away from pools. Never handle electrical items when you are wet.
  • Do not allow power cord connections to become wet.
  • Use only weatherproof electrical devices for outside activities. Protect outdoor electrical devices from moisture. Make sure electrical equipment that has been wet is inspected and reconditioned by a certified repair dealer.
  • Keep dry leaves swept away from outdoor lighting, outlets and power cords.
    Never allow pets to sleep on an electrical blanket.
Keeping these tips in mind will ensure a continuity of fun and SAFETY all season long!

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